Emergency Management

Pierce County residents should call to report damage
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 4th, 2007 at 7:29 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 04, 2007 – The Pierce County Emergency Operations Center is now collecting damage information from homeowners and business owners affected by the December storms.

Residents and business owners in the City of Tacoma and Pierce County that suffered damage should call the Department of Emergency Management at 1-866-798-6363 (toll free) between the hours of 7a.m. and 5 p.m.

Callers should have the following information available:
*Name and address of affected property,
*Type of insurance (homeowners),
*A description of damage, even if uninsured ,
*A personal estimate of uninsured losses,
*Estimates of the fair market value of the damaged home or business.

It is not necessary at this point for property owners to have a contractor’s estimate. The findings from this assessment will be used by the Governor to request a disaster declaration and federal disaster assistance from the President. This process could take up to couple of weeks or more. Federal disaster assistance, if and when it becomes available, only covers uninsured losses.


Pierce County plans to re-open all roads by Tues afternoon
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 4th, 2007 at 7:15 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 04, 2007 – Road Operations responded to some 200 weather-related emergencies Monday, most involving minor water-over-roadway problems. Crews were able to address the majority of these by clearing storm drain inlets and catch basins. Though several trees fell across roads in Pierce County, wind related problems have been minimal.

Several small mud slides affecting roadways were addressed. Sites included Sunrise Beach Drive N.W., 94th and 96th streets at North Rosedale N.W. and Creviston Drive KPN at 126th Avenue, 7001 82nd Avenue N.W., all in the Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula areas; 177th Street East and 226th Avenue Court; Military Road East just west of State Route 162; and the 4000 block of Orville Road East near Ohop Lake. Road crews hope to have all roads re-opened to normal traffic before the end of business Tuesday.

Please call 253-798-6000 to report a road-related emergency in Pierce County.


Emergency Operations Center closes
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 4th, 2007 at 3:42 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 04, 2007 – The Pierce County Emergency Operations Center will close at 4:30 p.m. this afternoon. Any storm related issues requiring action will be handled by the on- call Pierce County Duty Officer, 253-798-7470.

The Pierce County Damage Assessment Call center will continue to be this open for the next week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays at 1-866-798-6363.


Truck checkpoint at Alder Rd Cutoff
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 4th, 2007 at 2:11 AM

Tacoma, WA – December 04, 2007 – The Washington State Dept. of Transportation (WSDOT), with assistance from the Washington National Guard, has set up a truck control checkpoint on the Pierce County side of SR 7 at the Alder Rd Cutoff, near Elbe.

The checkpoint is enforcing the WSDOT prohibition from truck traffic over 10,000 lbs GVW using SR 7 as a detour of the I-5 closure in the Chehalis area. Trucks with life- sustaining loads may be allowed access. WSDOT is recommending trucks going to and from Portland use I-90 to I-84 to I-82, about a 440-mile re-route. This restriction is in place until I-5 reopens.


Preparing your family for flooding and other weather events.
Posted By Sheri Badger on Dec 3rd, 2007 at 12:27 PM

Tacoma, WA – December 03, 2007 – Below is information that will assist in preparing you and your family for the anticipated flooding & upcoming weather events. It links to Washington State’s Emergency Management Department’s website which has additional information and flyers (in alternate languages) that will assist you in your preparedness efforts – http://www.emd.wa.gov/preparedness/prep_campaign.shtml